Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Last Weekend's Vintage Finds -- TWO 1920s Maxfield Parrish Prints

I picked up TWO 1920s Maxfield Parrish prints last week.
I will be putting them on ebay, so I did a bit of research on them
and thought I would share some of it.

 In the 1920s an astonishing one out of four American households
had a copy of this Maxfield Parrish print "Daybreak" hanging in their houses.
He was known for using gorgeous blues in much of his artwork.

The standing girl was Parrish's own daughter,
the reclining girl is "Kitty" the granddaughter of William Jennings Bryan.
Kitty is also the model in the next print.
While you occasionally can find this print (because there were so many!)
many are faded and it is the vibrant color that makes them hold their value.

 This one is called "Wild Geese".
I don't know why.  These were 
considered a fantasy genre, and he never volunteered a "story" behind any of his artwork.
He had a hard time being taken as a serious fine artist, so in later decades,
 he said he would never again paint "female figures or rocks".

I love that this little paper tag has survived almost 100 years
on the back of this print.

Both prints miraculously stayed in their original frames.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your charming finds and their history at Vintage Charm!

  2. The colors are wonderful. I'm old as the hills and I do remember seeing one or two of these pictures before, but we didn't have any in our house. Guess we were too poor for fine art!


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